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The Steamship Authority - Martha's Vineyard

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Address: 1 Railroad Ave, Woods Hole, Falmouth, MA
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+1 508-477-8600

Serving over 2 million travelers to Martha's Vineyard, the Steamship...

Serving over 2 million travelers to Martha's Vineyard, the Steamship Authority is the largest ferry provider on Cape Cod, offering the lowest fares, the most departures and year-round service for passengers, vehicles and trucks. We offer off-site parking and free shuttle service to our Woods Hole terminal. Check our mobile site for current parking and trip status.

Whether you come for a day, or a longer stay, the Steamship Authority is the Way to Go with our spacious ships, the most frequent daily departures, and U.S. Coast Guard-certified crews to get you there safely.

From the moment you step on board, you'll have that vacation feeling. Sit outdoors for the sea breezes and spectacular ocean views, or find cozy, comfortable seating indoors. For your enjoyment, our snack bars offer beverages including beer, wine and mixed drinks, as well as hot and cold menu items. Pets are welcome to travel with you in designated areas on-board.

The seven mile trip from Woods Hole to beautiful Martha's Vineyard takes just 45 minutes. And you have your choice of two ports for your arrival: Vineyard Haven or Oak Bluffs (May-October). From magnificent beaches to wind-swept dunes to historic town centers, a trip to Martha's Vineyard will always be memorable.

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Great ride for us walk ons.

We took the early ride out to MV, and the last one back to WH at 9:30pm. We had beautiful weather & smooth sailing. Nice ship inside and out.

Reviewed 4 September 2016
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2016

We took the early ride out to MV, and the last one back to WH at 9:30pm. We had beautiful weather & smooth sailing. Nice ship inside and out.

Thank KingGeorge01
Maplewood, New Jersey
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 1 September 2016

We took the ferry to and from Martha's Vineyard today and couldn't have been happier with the ride in both directions. but THAT'S not why I'm writing this review. About half way through our day, I realized that I'd lost my wallet and I had no idea where I might have lost it. We were bike riding all over the... More 

Thank Ken P
Shelton, Connecticut
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13 reviews
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Reviewed 29 August 2016

Super fast service!! was shocked how fast the line moves and how super helpful everyone is there! We took a harley over 1 day and got to the ferry just at the last min... we got tickets and on the ferry and off we went!! the next day went took over bicycle got there a bit earlier and the line... More 

Thank OOOOODonna
Rahway, United States
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8 reviews
Reviewed 27 August 2016

We arrived early and they squeezed us on the cargo ferry on the way to Martha's Vineyard. It was a fun, fast journey! On the way back we sailed on their new ferry and had a very pleasant ride back to Wood's Hole.

Thank Tina M
Los Angeles, California, United States
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25 reviews
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Reviewed 25 August 2016

Senior prices and a very enjoyable mode of travel to MV. We usually take the ferry from Woods Hole to Oak Bluffs. If you're returning at night get there early and wear a top for the wait! It can get a bit cool and windy! The smaller of the ferries has state of the art charging stations for your smartphones!

Thank Ralph D
Camillus, New York
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11 reviews
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Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Always enjoy the ferry ride great staff bus system snack bar etc. Have brought bike, they make it easy, great ferry's buses and staff

Thank kchajka
Portsmouth, Rhode Island
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11 reviews
Reviewed 24 August 2016

The Fast Ferry is the way to travel to Nantucket. The boarding and debarking of the ferry was efficient and hassle free. The crew was helpful and professional.

Thank Kevin M
Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Hop on the ferry (reservations if you are taking your car!) and you are off on a mini adventure. Ferries run on time--are very reasonable--and transport you in less than an hour. If daytripping Go Early-rent a car and just EXPLORE. Drive to Gay Head and work your way back to the last ferry.

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Woods Hole, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

Whether going over by car, with bicycle, or by foot the ride is worth the price. Round trip tickets are best. If you're not taking your car, the bus service works well, and even has a lift for wheelchair bound folk as well as a bike carrier on the front of each bus. Enjoy!

Thank Nancy C
Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 19 August 2016

We decided to go to Martha's Vineyard and took the Steamship Authority Ferry, if you are not taking your car, please follow the instructions regarding the parking locations, we went to the ferry and have to drove back to the second parking which is between seven or eight miles away from the ferry. The first ferry was large well maintained,... More 

Thank Claude B

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